Reactor is a raster video arcade game released in 1982 by Gottlieb. The object of the game is to cool down the reactor core without being hurled by magnetism and repulsion by enemy swarms of nuclear particles. It was better known for its explosive and ground thumping sound, usually placed near the front of the arcade to attract gamers.
Identifier atari_2600_reactor_1982_parker_brothers_charlie_heath_pb5330Mediatype softwareScanner Internet Archive Python library 0.4.8Publicdate 2013-12-25 11:27:24Addeddate 2013-12-25 11:27:24Emulator a2600Emulator_ext binController joystick
The Atari 2600 version plays somewhat differently due to the fact the energy shield is always up. The rules are almost identical. It uses either a joystick or a trackball, although the rules book supplied with the game only mentions use of a joystick. The difficulty switches set the sensitivity of the stick or ball, which can yield a control scheme very similar to that of the arcade. There are no voice overs, and the bonus counter is invisible. Additionally, the bonus counter can only hold so many points, after which points are added directly to the player's score. Players are not given the option to start with seven lives. A bug in this version causes the collision detection to be erratic near the entry to the bonus chambers.